Thursday, November 23, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Patriots: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 19-14 loss

RECOMMENDED READING


TAMPA -— Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's instant analysis from the Bucs' 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: Yes, they came close and, yes, the kicker kicked one away. But the loss came because of an offense that was dormant for three quarters. Not good enough, and the Bucs continue looking for a signature win to prove they belong with the NFL's big boys.

GOOD NIGHT, FOLK!

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: Now time has truly expired on Nick Folk. He missed two big field goals and nearly sucked the air out of his team. Good defense, mostly bad offense until it woke up late. Awful coaching at the end, not spiking the ball after DeSean Jackson's catch. Cost time Bucs could have used. Plenty of blame to go around. Still, Folk is the face of this loss.

SWING AND A MISS

Rick Stroud, @StroudNFL: The defense did its job. QB Jameis Winston waited until the fourth quarter to do his job. But PK Nick Folk will be looking for a job after missing three more field goals Thursday night, including a 31 yarder.

THAT'S ALL, FOLK

Greg Auman, @gregauman: Great game for Bucs defense to keep the Patriots offense in check. The offense didn't click until a little too late, and three missed field goals should spell the end for Folk.

RED ZONE TROUBLES

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: We can talk about missed field goals, and while that's a serious problem, it's a symptom of another problem: The Bucs aren't scoring enough touchdowns. So far, Tampa Bay has scored a touchdown on half of its 14 trips inside the red zone.

Comments

Koetter says Bucs not distracted by Jameis Winstonís off-field issue

The Bucs are 1-0 since news broke last Friday of Jameis Winston being accused by an Uber driver of groping her during a ride in March of 2016.That's really all the evidence coach Dirk Koetter needs to say the issue has not been a distraction to the t...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Happy Turkey Day!Today is a day of tradition.The Macyís parade. Turkey and stuffing. The Lions and Cowboys.And our annual "Turkey of the Year.ííItís a tradition started by my former colleague at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the brilliant columnist P...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says team has not turned the corner yet

Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says team has not turned the corner yet

TAMPA ó The Bucs have some positive momentum with back-to-back wins, but DT Gerald McCoy said itís too soon to say his 4-6 team has turned a corner."We havenít turned a corner yet," McCoy said Wednesday, preparing for Sundayís game at Atlanta. "Itís ...
Published: 11/22/17
McCoy is only Bucs player in Pro Bowl voting top 10s

McCoy is only Bucs player in Pro Bowl voting top 10s

The Bucs aren't faring well in early Pro Bowl fan voting, with DT Gerald McCoy as the only Tampa Bay player ranking in the top 10 at his position.McCoy, seeking his sixth straight Pro Bowl selection, ranks seventh among NFL defensive tackles, one wee...
Published: 11/22/17
NFL Week 12: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

NFL Week 12: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

Happy Thanksgiving! It's already week 12 of the NFL season, and the football feast is set to begin. It all starts at at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, when the Lions try to win their fifth straight Thanksgiving Day game against a Minnesota team out to bec...
Published: 11/22/17
Cannon Fodder podcast: Examining the Bucsí Hall of Fame semifinalists

Cannon Fodder podcast: Examining the Bucsí Hall of Fame semifinalists

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman takes a closer look at the three former Bucs who are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.He also looks at the constant churn on the Bucsí practice squad and why Julio Jonesí stats have dropped off this season,...
Published: 11/22/17
Bucsí Barber, Lynch, Rice among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Bucsí Barber, Lynch, Rice among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Ronde Barber, John Lynch and Simeon Rice — teammates on the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl championship team — are among the 27 semifinalists to be considered for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame class.Lynch is a semifinalist for the sixth st...
Published: 11/22/17
Rick and Tom podcast: USF vs UCF is the biggest game in Florida this weekend

Rick and Tom podcast: USF vs UCF is the biggest game in Florida this weekend

Itís a Thanksgiving Football Wednesday as Rick Stroud and Tom Jones preview the Bucs-Falcons game, USF-UCF, Alabama-Auburn, Ohio State-Michigan and more.The guys agree on the Bucs game outcome with Rick saying they canít win. They also agree that Tha...
Published: 11/22/17
Bucs-Falcons: Itís time to start believing Miko Grimes

Bucs-Falcons: Itís time to start believing Miko Grimes

TAMPA ó The most valuable player for the Bucs is Brent Grimes.It felt odd typing that, but itís time to say it.In Grimesí two seasons in Tampa Bay, the Bucs havenít won a game without him. This season they are 4-3 when he plays, 0-3 when he doesnít.H...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17
Bucs journal: Defense struggling to get off the field on third and long

Bucs journal: Defense struggling to get off the field on third and long

TAMPA ó Third and long, normally an ideal situation for an NFL defense, continues to be a problem as the Bucs try to get opposing offenses off the field.In the second half of Sundayís game, the Dolphins converted six third downs when they needed 8 ya...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17